The Ministry of Defence (MoD) - one of the largest departments in Whitehall in terms of spend - has said that it is looking for an individual to head up the digital transformation of UK defence, in a job that will command a salary of up to £145,000 a year.
The successful applicant will report into MoD CIO Charlie Forte, who said that the role requires a “bold mindset that challenges the way we operate”.
The MoD has a mixed record when it comes to its deployment and use of technology. On the one hand it has taken advantage of new suppliers and opportunities via the G-Cloud framework, on the other it has faced harsh criticism for its handling of outsourcing contracts.
The department is one of the top five departments in terms of spend, with an annual budget of £50bn+.
CIO Forte said:
Defence has an ambition to put modern digital capability at the heart of how it operates to create a winning advantage. This is driven by an underpinning premise that emerging digital technology together with the effective capture, analysis and use of information will enable transformative military and business performance.
To achieve our ambition requires a bold mindset that challenges the way we operate and to recognise that success requires fundamental change: it will not be achieved by just doing the same things better.
The strategic intent is to create transformative digital capability, enabling sustainable military and business advantage, that is secure, integrated, easy to use and delivered at scale on fast adoption cycles.
A focus on outcomes
Forte said that in order to achieve this, the successful candidate will require a focus on the following five “enduring outcomes”:
A capable and cohesive IT function - develop the right skills and work environment. A single function acting together to drive strategy.
Responsive cyber defence - intelligence-led approach to anticipate and respond to dynamic risks.
Digitise the battlespace - deploy new capability to drive information integration, interoperability and operational speed.
Efficient and effective IT services - easy to use, intuitive services and a trusted track record of consistent and reliable delivery.
Information-led business transformation - information as an asset within simplified and automated business processes to drive insight, effectiveness and lower costs.
Meeting the needs of the future will require a cohesive and connected function and achieving the big prizes we seek lies in building capability that integrates across existing internal and external boundaries. By engendering new levels of teamwork we can create value based outcomes that deliver better performance for each individual part of Defence and, ultimately, value that is much greater than the sum of the parts.
This is truly an exciting time to be part of the Digital and IT (D&IT) Function inside MoD. Breath-taking technology capability, arriving at unprecedented pace, and Defence’s strategic intent to exploit it means that we play a critical role.
The successful candidate will need to be able to show a strong, sustained track record in a combination of digital, IT and information roles, ideally gained in a complex, large organisation; understand emerging technologies and their potential uses; have experience in identifying and understanding the risks and legal issues presented by using emerging technologies; have experience of influencing corporate board-level stakeholders; and have a proven track record of developing high performing, agile teams.
Applicants will have until the 15th September to apply and it is expected that interviews will be held weeks commencing 25th November and 2nd December.